After several months riding the Roubaix I almost never ride in the drops because of the angle it imposes on my wrist to reach for the brake levers. If the levers could be mounted directly beneath the drops, I could do that. But mounted as they are on the front, I cannot angle my left wrist sideways to squeeze the brake lever without a lot of pain/discomfort. (Before the "riding in the drops feels good and is more efficient and, besides, 90% of riding isn't spent in the drops anyway" choir begins singing, let me repeat that I have a 30-year-old silicone implant in my left wrist. Forcing it into uncomfortable positions will not only hurt momentarily but probably also injure it in the long run.)
I'm considering rotating the bars downward in front so that the wrist position relative to the brake levers is more natural. However, I wonder if that would cause me to put more weight on my hands while riding on the hoods since they would be angled downward.
Are there any problems with this idea?
How easy would it be to swap the drop bars for another type and keep the same shifters and brake levers?
Or, maybe I should just swap this race horse for something more my speed.